Special Counsel

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Special Counsel Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
65 Reviews
3.6
65 Reviews
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John L. Marshall III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great for contract work especially when new to a market (in 3 reviews)

  • I really enjoyed the people who worked along side of me, but that may be dependent upon the applicant pool (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Contract work with little room for promotions (in 4 reviews)

  • Recent graduates or people with less experience will have a tougher time getting placed, unless it is a document review project (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Eh...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Special Counsel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Will hire with out of state law license.

    Cons

    Pay is low and attorneys are treated like a commodity rather than employees. Permanent staff seem overworked and disengaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to treat attorneys like valued assets and moral and retention will improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    not what its cracked up to be

    Former Employee - Business Development Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice midtown location in manhattan office

    Cons

    almost exclusively cold calling is the only way to make headway as a recruiter here.

  3.  

    Excellent opportunities for legal professionals.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Contract work with little room for promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A rewarding and educational experience in jump starting my legal career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Legal Secretary in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Litigation Legal Secretary in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Special Counsel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Special Counsel's ability to discern and place the right candidate on the right assignment.

    Cons

    Being able to demonstrate self-motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Special Counsel is a wonderful and a professional company to work for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Contract Attorney

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Special Counsel

    Pros

    Flexible hours; convenient work space; efficient support staff; pay is competitive but needs to increase as industry company project opportunities become more abundant

    Cons

    could be better communication about assignment duration; needs to be better incentives for employees staffed on long duration assignments to maintain employee morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    DC Contract Attorney

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Special Counsel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of work, long term projects, and overtime.

    Cons

    You can go through periods where you hear nothing. Projects can end abruptly. There is no growth potential.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Long-term employee

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    Former Employee - Middle-Management
    Former Employee - Middle-Management

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Special Counsel is a good company overall, and one comprised mostly of good people. I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure of many years as an on-staff, middle-management employee. The resources & tools provided are absolutely outstanding - surely better than in some other similar companies - and the company is quite generous when it comes to not minding spending the money to ensure we had proper representation at the appropriate events, for promotional items, client visits, and so forth. For it's size, it is also pretty amazing how close many of the personnel across the country feel toward one another. Very little negative competitiveness - only genuine happiness for each others success, which is very rare in any industry, and absolutely wonderful to have such a positive environment among co-workers.

    Cons

    My personal opinion after being there so many years is that there has simply become too much emphasis on administrative-type functions and on determining how & why we do the job via much unnecessary reporting, and less focus on the nuts & bolts of WHAT we do. By far my strongest productivity occurred when I was essentially left alone to do the recruiting, placement and business development functions of the job and simply get it done, and had less reporting, training, meetings, phone calls with upper management, etc. - the list seemed to never end. All is presented in a genuine manner of wanting to aid the field personnel in doing their best for the benefit of all, but took away too much productive time to be effective, instead, becoming increasingly counterproductive in the process as time went on and various misc. non-productive functions were continually added. This is a common complaint that has been discussed very regularly among field personnel for years, but one few feel comfortable admitting to upper management out of concern for rocking the boat or being viewed as a complainer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce non-productive functions and let the sales & placement results speak more for themselves until the results are not what are desired.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very friendly environment! Flexible work schedule!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer/Contract Attorney in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Document Reviewer/Contract Attorney in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Special Counsel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working here provides you with the flexibility of practicing as a sole practitioner and interviewing for permanent employment. On most contracts, you determine your work hours after completing a day of training. Also, there are opportunities to work overtime on most projects and there is free parking depending on the location of the project. Lastly, the work environment is very friendly and relaxed. We get free lunches frequently!

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the job, it is quite difficult (almost impossible) to qualify for benefits like vacation days, paid holidays, sick days, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide at least paid holidays!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed working in my office, but not as a part of Special Counsel.

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    Former Employee - Legal Search Specialist
    Former Employee - Legal Search Specialist

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people I worked with in my office for the most part but no real pros for the company overall.

    Cons

    Very corporate setting and mindset. Feel like you're just another number working there. Didn't feel like I received the training I needed to succeed as a recruiter nor did I really know what my goals were. Was told by management weekly to just "do better" with no real training on how.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training programs and clear goals and what they mean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Contract Document Review - it's alright.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Associate
    Former Employee - Contract Associate

    I worked at Special Counsel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the atmosphere and flexibility of the job, the assignment I worked on did not allowed for overtime, but did not require it. The flexible temporary placement with them was nice as it still left me with time to focus on my continuing job search.

    I really enjoyed the people who worked along side of me, but that may be dependent upon the applicant pool.

    Cons

    Very little training before I started, sometimes hard to get in touch with the head of Special Counsel office, little to no possibility of permanent placement.

    A lot of times I would be told that there was a position available, but it would often fall through.

    No opinion of CEO

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